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LeShon Johnson
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Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-01-15) January 15, 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth: Haskell, Oklahoma
Career information
College: Northern Illinois
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Green Bay Packers ( 1994 1995)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1993)
Career NFL statistics as of 1999
Games played     62
Games started     12
Rushing yards     955
Receiving yards     434
Kick return yards     1,389
Touchdowns     7
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

LeShon Eugene Johnson (born January 15, 1971) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back and kick returner in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the 1990s. He played college football for Northern Illinois University, and earned All-American honors. He was picked by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft, and he also played professionally for the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants of the NFL.

Early yearsEdit

Johnson was born in Haskell, Oklahoma.[1] He was a standout high school running back at Haskell High School.[2] Johnson was a bull rider on the junior rodeo circuit, earning the nickname the "Cowboy," which followed him throughout his football career.

College careerEdit

Johnson attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, before transferring to Northern Illinois University as a junior. At Northern Illinois, he played for the Northern Illinois Huskies football team in 1992 and 1993. As a senior in 1993, Johnson was the leading college rusher with 1,976 yards on 327 carries for an average of 179.6 yards per game. Johnson finished sixth in the 1993 Heisman Trophy voting race, with five first-place votes. He played only two years for the Huskies, but his total yards mark of 3,314 still places him fifth on the team's all-time rushing list.

Professional careerEdit

The Green Bay Packers selected Johnson in the third round (84th pick overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft,[3] and he played for the Packers in 1994 and 1995).[1] From 1995 to 1997, he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals.[1] In Johnson's career-best game, he rushed for 214 yards on 21 carries for the Cardinals versus the New Orleans Saints on September 22, 1996.[4] His career was interrupted by lymphoma cancer in 1998. He managed to make a comeback and subsequently started for the New York Giants in 1999.[4] His football career ended playing in the XFL for the Chicago Enforcers.

Life after footballEdit

Johnson pleaded guilty in 2005 to the crime of dog fighting in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma. He received a five-year deferred sentence.[5][6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 National Football League, Historical Players, LeShon Johnson. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  2. databaseFootball.com, Players, LeShon Johnson Script error. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1994 National Football League History. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, LeShon Johnson. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  5. Rob Walton, "Okmulgee Prosecutor Responds to Activists," Tulsa World (March 15, 2006). Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  6. George Dohrmann, "The House on Moonlight Road," Sports Illustrated (May 29, 2007). Retrieved February 9, 2012.

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